Providence is the guardianship and care provided by a deity or god. Religious people thank their god for his providence.

The word provide is a good clue to this word's meaning: when a religious being is said to give people providence, he's taking care of them — providing for them. For religious people, any good thing that happens to them — like landing a new job, getting healthy, or finding money on the ground — could be considered an example of providence. You can also talk about people providing providence, if they're showing care and prudence in managing resources.

Definitions of providence

n the prudence and care exercised by someone in the management of resources

improvidence, shortsightedness
a lack of prudence and care by someone in the management of resources
foresight, foresightedness, foresightfulness
providence by virtue of planning prudently for the future
Type of:
discretion in practical affairs

n the guardianship and control exercised by a deity

“divine providence
Type of:
care, charge, guardianship, tutelage
attention and management implying responsibility for safety

n a manifestation of God's foresightful care for his creatures

Type of:
circumstances, destiny, fate, fortune, lot, luck, portion
your overall circumstances or condition in life (including everything that happens to you)

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